Robert Williams: Slang Aesthetics
March 8–June 17, 2018
Presented courtesy of the artist, Thinkspace Gallery, and Josef Zimmerman, Robert Williams: Slang Aesthetics showcases 25 new oil paintings and ephemera by the artist upheld as the godfather of the lowbrow and pop surrealist art movements. A true maverick who sought to create work that channeled the shifting energies and immediacy of counterculture, from the 1960s onward, Williams’ paintings invoked a return to craftsmanship, figuration and popular imagery that rejected the elitist tenets of conceptual minimalism.
Carrie Mae Weems: The Usual Suspects
April 12–October 14, 2018
The LSU Museum of Art’s annual collaborative exhibition with the LSU School of Art Visiting Artist in 2018 will feature internationally-known artist Carrie Mae Weems. The primary gallery will feature two recent series of photographic and video works, All the Boys and The Usual Suspects. These series question the stereotypes that associate black bodies with criminality. Further the images implicate these stereotypes in the deaths of black men and women at the hands of police and confront the viewer with the fact of judicial inaction. Selected works drawn from Weems’ From Here I Saw What Happened and I Cried, Louisiana Project, and Slave Coast series will appear in LSU Museum of Art’s permanent collection exhibition, Art in Louisiana, to bring a new layer of meaning to the works included in the exhibition.
With this exhibition, LSU Museum of Art hopes to foster timely community dialogue providing a space for safe contemplation and conversation surrounding issues facing our local and national community. Programming collaborations with local organizers and LSU faculty will supplement the museum exhibition to question injustice, the biases we share, and how these contribute to deadly outcomes.
Weems will deliver a formal lecture at the LSU School of Art April 11, 2018 and will lead a gallery tour at the exhibition opening April 12, 2018. The exhibition will be on display April 12 through October 14, 2018. New works produced in collaboration with LSU School of Art students may be added to the exhibition as Weems visits and creates new work as part of her visiting artist position as the Nadine Carter Russell Chair.